Technical Specification Development


By Linda S.

Executive Director

Posted May 17, 2018

This project is

In Progress

Matched with:

Denise M.

This project will save us $7,802 , allowing us to Work more efficiently and have access to data that will help drive continuous improvement.

What We Need

  • A written document that clearly translates a specific organizational or business need into the technical work required to achieve it

How This Will Help

We need to develop a student information system Right now we manage everything on multiple excel spreadsheets access databases and Google Sheets Our xfunctional team is almost complete with a draft of our specifications and we would like someone to review it and help us source 3 - 5 SIS systems that we should consider and help us create a decision-making rubric Someone with background in student information systems would be helpful but not necessary The Executive Director (me) is leading the team and has a lot of experience in project managing complex IS systems

What We Have In Place

We currently have a SIS specification which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a project manager who has experience running complex IS implmentations and the ability to provide any other information you need.

  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)

Project Steps

Prep: Define Technical Request
  • Professional works with Volunteer Manager to discuss the organizational/business need
  • Volunteer Manager provides any existing technical documentation about the system (if available)
Milestone 1: Draft
  • Professional provides a draft of the technical specification document (e.g., a set of user stories and functional acceptance criteria)
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback to Professional's technical specification
Milestone 2: Final Technical Spec
  • Professional delivers a final technical specification
  • Optional: Professional provides recommendation on resources to implement technical specification
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Experience writing technical specifications based on business needs
  • Experience working with software engineers and/or database administrators (e.g., experience as a business analyst or product manager)
Prerequisites for Organization
  • One clear technical to-do item (Catchafire can help you identify this!)
  • Intention to use the technical specification document (ideally within 12 months)
  • Ability to provide existing technical documentation, if available

Our Mission

LEAP for Education empowers low income and first-generation-to-college students to perform at higher levels in middle school and high school, and to graduate college prepared to pursue a successful career that matches their strengths and passions.

What We Do

LEAP for Education provides free program to students ages 11-23 who are low income and first-generation-to-college. We provide academic support and enrichment, career and college readiness skills as well as career and college advising. LEAP does this through the the Academic Learning Programs in Salem and Gloucester, and the College Success Program in Peabody and Salem.

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